An honest tribute to stupidity, full of hooks, snappy lyrics, and gorgeous choruses
METZ :: Strange Peace
The line between a riff and a throbbing structures of pitched rhythm is pretty thin, as these Canadians show. METZ is punishing without being abusive. A Steve Albini recording.
The Flamin' Groovies :: Fantastic Plastic
Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson reunite to bring back the sound that made the Flamin’ Groovies famous 40 years ago with “Shake Some Action”. A solid return to form.
The Bronx :: (V)
Classic LA hardcore served up in a blaze. An aggressive release from an aggressive band.
Holiday Ghosts :: Holiday Ghosts
Garage rock like it’s meant to be, full of barely-controlled fuzz, raging vocals, warbling organs, and four-on-the-floor drums.
Ephrata :: Ephrata
Dreamgaze shoepop from this Seattle foursome that takes harmonies and production very seriously.
Rostam :: Half-Light
The person behind Vampire Weekend’s production and half of Islands’ distinctive sound shows more of his unique sonic signature on a full album of gentle songs awash in analog and digital abstractions and heavenly choruses
Lee Ranaldo :: Electric Trim
The Sonic Youth guitarist’s solo effort is not as discordant as you might expect, and features collaborations with Sharon Van Etten, Nels Cline, and Jonathan Lethem (on some lyrics)